New York University Working on Millimetre Wave Tech for Mobile Broadband Services

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Researchers at Polytechnic Institute of New York University have received funding to investigate the use of millimeter wave radio spectrum for a 5th generation mobile network.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the team an Accelerating Innovation Research (AIR) grant of $800,000, matched by $1.2 million from corporate backers and the Empire State Development Division of Science, Technology & Innovation.

"The team is built of experienced faculty entrepreneurs and highly innovative researchers. Students will learn how to create products and companies, working beside these professors and researchers from blue ribbon companies." said NYU-Poly President Jerry M. Hultin.

The 5G project will develop smarter and far less expensive wireless infrastructure by means of smaller, lighter antennas with directional beamforming to bounce signals off of buildings using the uncrowded millimeter-wave spectrum, where 50 to 100 times more user capacity is readily available. It will also help develop smaller, smarter cells with devices that cooperate rather than compete for spectrum.

"Bandwidth-hungry devices are doubling wireless spectrum demand every 12 to 18 months," said Professor Shivendra Panwar, principal investigator on the 5G project, CATT director and professor in NYU-Poly's Department of Electrical and Computer and Engineering. "The 4G wireless networks increased the efficiency of spectrum usage, but this project pursues disruptive technologies that will significantly relieve the pressure."

The move to the relatively unused and inexpensive millimeter-wave spectrum is being led by Professor Theodore (Ted) Rappaport.

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